100% COMMITTED TO ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Conscientious forest management serves investors and stakeholders by promoting a healthier environment and enhancing the potential market value of timberland assets. We’re proud that 100% of our timberlands are certified as a sustainable forest according to the high standards of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI). 

We seek to maximize long-term returns by actively managing our timberlands to achieve an optimum balance among biological timber growth, current harvest cash flow, and responsible environmental stewardship. Our dedication to environmental stewardship is evidenced by our strong commitment to sustainable forestry. Since 2013 we’ve planted over 47 million trees in CatchMark’s forests, and that number continues to grow each year with our reforestation programs. This, combined with our target of maintaining 38 and 43 tons per acre of merchantable timber inventory, demonstrates our commitment to sustainability.

SUSTAINABILITY AT CATCHMARK

100%

ALL OUR FEE TIMBERLANDS ARE CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE BY THE SUSTAINABLE FOREST INITIATIVE®1

47M+

SINCE 2013, WE’VE PLANTED MORE THAN 47 MILLION TREES

8M+

WE PLANTED MORE THAN 8 MILLION TREES IN 2019

4:1

FOR EVERY TREE WE
HARVEST, WE PLANT
4 SEEDLINGS
2

1. Excludes property subject to a contract for sale.
2. Excludes trees harvested in thinning operations.

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FOREST CERTIFICATIONS

CatchMark is dedicated to meeting the highest standards in forestry, measured through forest certifications. All of our timberlands, with the exception of new acquisitions, have been third-party audited and certified in accordance with Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (“SFI”) standards.  We voluntarily maintain the rigorous standards required to be certified, working with third-party independent auditors to ensure our practices measure up to these standards. SFI standards promote sustainable forest management through recognized core principles, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat and at-risk species.

Our timberlands are further managed to meet or exceed all state guidelines through the implementation of best management practices as well as internal policies designed to ensure compliance.

CATCHMARK’S SFI IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM COMPRISES:

    • Forest management planning
    • Forest health and productivity
    • Protection and maintenance of water resources
    • Conservation and biological diversity
    • Management of visual quality and recreational benefits
    • Protection of special sites
    • Efficient use of fiber resources
    • Recognize and respect indigenous people’s rights
    • Legal and regulatory compliance
    • Forestry research, science, and technology
    • Training and education
    • Community involvement and landowner outreach
    • Public land management responsibilities
    • Communications and public reporting
    • Management review

Our latest SFI audits can be accessed here.

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GEORGIA GOV. KEMP HONORS CATCHMARK AS 2019 FORESTRY FOR WILDLIFE PARTNER

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp honored CatchMark as a 2019 partner in the state’s Forestry for Wildlife Partnership, a program administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Gov. Kemp, right, pictured with CatchMark Operations Analyst Childers Adams, recognized the firm’s “stewardship and land management practices benefiting wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts across the state.”

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WILDLIFE

CatchMark is committed to providing a diverse range of habitats that benefit a variety of wildlife species within the context of intensive forest management. Our foresters and third party forest managers identify and conserve habitats of protected, threatened and endangered species, and our Best Management Practices help ensure that our actions are not adversely impacting the normal life cycle or habitat of wildlife.

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SOIL

Soil quality is imperative to the health and productivity of our forests. Our objective is to practice state-of-the-art forest management by deploying silvicultural treatments in a site-specific fashion to reduce soil limitations to tree growth and at the same time, take deliberate efforts to protect the soil from damage by erosion, compaction, rutting or excessive loss of nutrients and organic matter.

WATER

Forests and watersheds play a critical role in capturing, storing and filtering water used by people and wildlife. We adhere to all regulatory requirements, and deploy best practices to protect the water in our forests, which is essential to the long-term sustainability of our forests and the communities they support. We have clear established guidelines that are maintained, updated and used for training on a regular basis to help ensure that our forest management practices protect water quality.

CLIMATE CHANGE

In our evaluation of climate change, we consider the positive impact that forests have in capturing carbon, intercepting water, and stabilizing soils, thereby mitigating negative effects on the environment. Trees, through photosynthesis, absorb carbon and other pollutants, then emit pure oxygen into the atmosphere: thereby helping to counteract climate change. We do, however, also recognize the risks to society and CatchMark from the effects of climate change and are deliberately taking steps to mitigate those risks.

CONTRACTOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

All third-party forestry contractors are required to be trained in the appropriate Best Management Practices for logging, road building, chemical, fertilization and tree planting activities. Logging contractors are required to be registered and certified with their state master logger certification program as designated by the SFI-SIC committees and they must maintain annual continuing education credits to maintain certification in order to operate on CatchMark timberlands. All contractors are required to provide proof of certification or be in the process of earning certification before any work can be conducted for CatchMark. Additionally, all contractors are required to adhere to OSHA safety standards at all times per our contracting policies and standards.